Animal liberation

Joshua Lewis Thomas (Sheffield): Can Only Human Lives Be Meaningful? Jose Luis Bermudez (Texas A&M): Can Non-linguistic Animals Think about Thinking? A journey into the animal mind: What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world. The mirror test peers into the workings of animal minds. Sy Montgomery reviews Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Teach Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal. WWF funds guards who have tortured and killed people: The World Wide Fund for Nature funds vicious paramilitary forces to fight poaching. Sarah Zhang on killing sea lions to save salmon.

From Les ateliers de l’ethique, a special issue on Climate Change, Autonomy of Nature, and Animal Suffering, including Clare Palmer (Texas A&M): Conservation Strategies in a Changing Climate: Moving Beyond an “Animal Liberation/Environmental Ethics” Divide; and Angie Pepper (Birmingham): Delimiting Justice: Animal, Vegetable, Ecosystem? From Politics and Animals, a symposium on Sentientist Politics: A Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice by Alasdair Cochrane. Suffering, empathy, and ecstasy: Jeremy D. Yunt on animal liberation as the furthest reaches of our moral evolution. Persis Eskander, Abraham Rowe, Kieran Grieg and Ozy Brennan on building support for wild animal suffering.

Markus Lundstrom (Stockholm): The Political Economy of Meat. Julia Shaw on what the “meat paradox” reveals about moral decision making. The future of meat is vegan: Rachel Riederer reviews The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System by Jacy Reese. From Vox, ending the age of animal cruelty: Billions of animals die each year for our plates — what if they didn’t have to?; “ag-gag laws” hide the cruelty of factory farms from the public — courts are striking them down; and “wild-caught,” “organic,” “grass-fed”: What do all these animal welfare labels actually mean?